Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

Those pursuing careers as Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K annually. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $54K per year on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,516 - $56,696

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$10.51 - $24.52

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,516 - $56,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,810 - $54,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $24.52  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $48.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,810 - $54,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers may progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Executive Director, where median compensation is $59K annually. Typical career progression for a Social Worker involves becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a MSW Social Worker, roles that pay $15K more and $6K more on average.

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Child, Family, or School Social Workers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Case Management and Counseling are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Child, Family, or School Social Workers. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $39K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Child, Family, or School Social Workers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $53K.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%
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